|The Rhyme Maker
quote that serves as the introduction to this poem (or some variant thereof) was first seen in
writings of philosopher Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), who was quoting
Alonso of Aragon. It is sometimes mis-attributed to Bacon.
stanza] Tenerife is the
largest of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, a province of
Spain, just off the coast of Northwest Africa, once known for it's
very popular wine, generally referred to as “Canary Wine” or
S. H. Bass
Me The Old
Hinckley Messinger (1811-1874)
Age appears to be best in four things:
old wood to burn, old wine to drink,
old books to read, and old friends to converse with.
wine to drink! –
give me the slippery juice
drippeth from the grape thrown loose
from beneath the cliff
ripened 'neath the blink
with well-boiled water!
make the long night shorter, –
stout old English porter.
wood to burn! –
bring the hill-side beech
where the owlets meet and screech,
crackling pine, and cedar sweet;
too a clump of fragrant peat,
'neath the fern;
faggot too, perhaps
bright flame, dancing, winking,
light us at our drinking;
the oozing sap
make sweet music to our thinking.
books to read! –
bring those nodes of wit,
brazen-clasped, the vellum writ,
same my sire scanned before,
same my grandsire thumbed o'er,
same his sire from college bore,
Horace, rake Anacreon, by
Tully, Plautus, Terence lie;
Arthur's olden minstrelsie,
Burton, quainter Spenser, ay!
Gervase Markham's venerie –
Holye Book by which we live and die.
friends to talk! –
bring those chosen few,
wise, the courtly, and the true,
for my wine, him for my stud,
for my easel, distich, bud
soulful Fred; and learned Will,
thee, my alter ego, (dearer still
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